Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

2023 NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship

The 2023 NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship is an exciting event where teams compete for points towards their world rankings. These rankings will play a crucial role in determining the teams that qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games. In this article, we will provide you with all the information you need to know about this championship and the teams involved.

Teams

The participating teams in the Continental Championship are divided into two groups:

  • Group A: Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico
  • Group B: USA, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Suriname

Schedule

The matches are scheduled as follows, with all times in Eastern:

September 5

  • Canada def. Dominican Republic, 3-0 (25-11, 25-8, 25-12)
  • Cuba def. Puerto Rico, 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-15)
  • USA def. Suriname, 3-0 (25-14, 25-9, 25-10)

September 6

  • Cuba def. Suriname, 3-0 (25-11, 25-19, 25-23)
  • Canada def. Mexico, 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-20)
  • USA def. Puerto Rico, 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-12)

September 7

  • Puerto Rico def. Suriname, 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-21)
  • Dominican Republic def. Mexico, 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-21)
  • USA def. Cuba, 3-2 (25-22, 25-17, 24-26, 22-25, 15-12)

September 8 Quarterfinals

  • Quarterfinal: Cuba def. Mexico, 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-23)
  • Quarterfinal: Dominican Republic def. Puerto Rico, 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 32-30)

September 9 Semifinals and Classifications

  • Classification 5/7: Mexico def Puerto Rico, 3-1 (25-22, 27-29)
  • Semifinal: USA def Dominican Republic, 3-0 (25-22, 25-12, 25-14)
  • Semifinal: Canada def. Cuba, 3-2 (18-25, 25-21, 25-17, 24-26, 15-13)
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September 10 Medal Matches and Classifications

  • Classification 6/7: Puerto Rico def Suriname, 3-1 (25-11, 21-25, 25-19, 25-14)
  • Bronze Medal Match: Cuba def Dominican Republic, 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-16)
  • Gold Medal Match: Canada vs USA, 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-22)

U.S. Roster

The U.S. team roster for the championship includes the following players:

  • 1 Matt Anderson (Opp, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State, Western Empire)
  • 2 Aaron Russell (OH, 6-9, Ellicott City, Md., Penn State, Chesapeake)
  • 4 Jeff Jendryk (MB, 6-10, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola Univ. Chicago, Great Lakes)
  • 6 Timothy McIntosh (L, 6-0, Miami, Fla., Sacred Heart, Florida)
  • 8 T.J. DeFalco (OH, 6-5, Huntington Beach, Calif., Long Beach State Univ., Southern California)
  • 9 Jake Hanes (OPP, 6-10, Orland Park, Ill., Ohio State Univ., Great Lakes)
  • 11 Micah Christenson (S, 6-5, Honolulu, Hawaii, Univ. of Southern California, Hawaii)
  • 12 Max Holt (MB, 6-10, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State, Ohio Valley)
  • 14 Micah Ma’a (S, 6-3, Kaneohe, Hawaii, UCLA, Aloha)
  • 17 Thomas Jaeschke (OH, 6-6, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola Univ. Chicago, Great Lakes)
  • 18 Garrett Muagututia (OH, 6-5, Oceanside, Calif., UCLA, Southern California)
  • 19 Taylor Averill (MB, 6-7, San Jose, Calif., Univ. of Hawaii, Northern California)
  • 20 David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., Univ. of California Irvine, Southern California)
  • 22 Erik Shoji (L, 6-0, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford Univ., Hawaii)

Head Coach: John Speraw
Assistant Coaches: Matthew Fuerbringer and Javier Weber
Performance Analyst and Technical Coordinator: Nate Ngo
Athletic Trainer: Aaron Brock
Team Leader: Nate Ngo
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Tim Pelot
Mental Performance Coach: Peter Naschak
Team Doctor: Daniel Green

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U.S. Referee: Devonie McLarty

FAQs

Q: What is the purpose of the Continental Championship?

The Continental Championship provides teams with points towards their world rankings, influencing their qualification for the 2024 Olympic Games.

Q: How are the teams divided in the competition?

The teams are divided into two groups: Group A and Group B.

Q: Who are the top players representing the USA?

Some of the top players representing the USA in this championship include Matt Anderson, Aaron Russell, and Micah Christenson.

Conclusion

The 2023 NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship is an event filled with exciting matches and talented teams. The scores from these matches will impact the teams’ world rankings, determining their qualification for the 2024 Olympic Games. The USA team, consisting of skilled players, has showcased exceptional performances throughout the championship. Stay tuned for more updates on this thrilling tournament. For more information about the event, you can visit the official website of Alpinetgheep.